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CrossFit Games Champion Annie Thorisdottir: The Fittest Woman in the World - Vogue

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She is literally has Thor in her name.

Today she spends most of her time at the gym she co-owns, CrossFit Reykjavík, whose airplane hangar–size training floor is stocked with the tools of her trade—barbells, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, plyometric boxes, medicine balls, rowing ergometers. She trains for 90 minutes to two hours twice a day, five or six days a week, devoting morning sessions to metabolic conditioning and afternoons to strength, with a lot of mobility work and Instagram posts in between. (She also coaches three or four CrossFit classes a day.) Thorisdottir fuels all this activity with a Paleo-ish diet heavy on meat, chicken, fish, and vegetables (but free of rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, and sugar), along with a lot of non-Paleo dairy (she needs the calories). She drinks alcohol only two or three times a year but treats herself to a cheat night of ice cream and chocolate cake every Saturday.

It amazes me what Iceland does with such a small population (320K)!

There's only 320,000 people in all of Iceland?!

Wow, that's smaller than most cities.

Check out these stats from Slate:

Is Iceland the most literary and sports-mad country on the planet?

Well, sort of. One important thing to realize about Iceland is that there aren’t very many people there: 300,000, two-thirds of whom live in the Reykjavik area. The population is slightly larger than that of Corpus Christi, Texas. So when a lot of Icelanders do anything, it can produce some mind-blowing statistics. When, for instance, 6,000 people come out to protest the government, that’s 2 percent of the population. Two of these impressive stats popped up in the media this week.

On Monday, the Independent reported on a Norway-Iceland World Cup qualifying match being held in Oslo, and pointed out that “There will be nearly 3,000 Iceland fans at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo—almost 1 per cent of the country’s population.”

Also this week, the BBC reports in a feature on Iceland’s literary culture that “one in ten people will publish a book” in the country.

The country’s statistics agency predicts that the population is expected to climb to between 430,000 and 490,000 by 2060, thanks largely to increased migration. That might be good for Iceland, but not so good for continuing to produce crazy population stats. 

They really excel at music, they are very picky, and will shun any band that sounds similar to another band, so they have a great diversity of music, for such a small population. 

I think San Francisco is 800K population, so yeah, pretty small!

I think Bjork is the only exposure I have to Icelandic music.

Oh right -- I remember that one now that you mention it.

And now I have this Bjork song in my head:

Mammut- Salt

Here's a link to KEXP's  top 10 Iceland bands of 2013

Oh! Thank you!!

Annie Thorisdottir looks incredibly strong:

Annie Thorisdottir

Annie Thorisdottir

Annie Thorisdottir

Annie Thorisdottir

I'm beginning to think there's something about Iceland that makes people strong.

Look at this six pack:

Annie Thorisdottir

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